2013-04-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Broad Channel and the Bay way back in the day, as seen in “Images of America: Broad Channel” by Liz and Dan Guarino. Broad Channel and the Bay way back in the day, as seen in “Images of America: Broad Channel” by Liz and Dan Guarino. After the hurricane, mid-November maybe, two very nice women from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York were going door to door on Noel Road.

They, and others, were checking in at every household in the Channel to make sure everyone’s medical needs were being met.

I opened my door. It still had the high water mark, clearly visible, which came up just over my head.

We chatted for a bit. “No,” I said, “no, we’re fine. No immediate issues. No prescriptions we need. Yes, yes, I did twist up my leg after the storm, but it’s healing nicely now. Thank you.”

I did point out a few houses and mentioned a few neighbors whom I was concerned about. I asked if they could please check in on them, offer any assistance they could.

They mentioned they had this same response from many people they’d talked to. Many told them that they were okay, more or less, but they were more concerned about neighbors.

It was a brisk very chilly, gray day. Knowing their job was not an easy one, I asked the ladies, “How are you doing? Are you okay; is there anything that you need?”

They looked at each other, and said, “You know everyone here is so nice. Everyone we’ve met has such a good spirit.”

“Even with everything you are going through, you people are giving us a lift!”

Hey, Saturday night, April 13th, there’s a Night At The Races to help a Little Friend In Need, at the American Legion Hall, 209 Cross Bay Boulevard. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Donation: $10. DJ music, raffles, 50/50’s and more.

Last day to register for FEMA help is Saturday, April 13th. Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. With your smartphone or tablet, connect at m.fema.gov. Or call FEMA at 1- 800- 621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. They’re available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Word from the Bay-Gull Store is that the post office outlet there may re-open as early as next week.

Also this came in from Patrick Williams over at the Bay-Gull, “That team of great volunteers called Project Hope that is around Broad Channel needs a more private spot to meet resi- dents who need to talk about any problems. Not sure if you’ve heard of them, (but) they have been around.”

“They will be using the backroom of Bay-Gull for the meetings. I will get you the dates.”

Word on the Boulevard: I hear a new pet grooming business is opening pretty soon in the pre-storm Channel Cutters spot, right next to Ella and David’s new salon location.

Meantime, look out for the very grand re-opening of the All-American Channel Market. That’ll be on Saturday, April 13th, at 1 p.m. Come celebrate yet another Broad Channel business coming back strong.

Ready to beautify BC? The Civic Association’s Beautification Committee is hosting their Annual Adopt-A-Tree and Spring Planting. It’s Saturday, May 11th. Kick off time is 10 a.m. Balloons, flags and flowers will be distributed.

As the Committee says, “Come celebrate the re-blooming of Broad Channel!”

St. Camillus is offering a full-day Pre-K class starting this September. For information/ registration, call 718-634-5260.

Christ Presbyterian By The Sea Church is going to need everyone’s help to rebuild. They will need building materials, mold remediation and dollar donations. They will need overall volunteer labor and people with construction skills. If you can help in any way, contact Don Minor at 347-703-3600.

Keep this strong congregation in your prayers, and lend them your hands as well.

What a pleasure to meet Maggie, Andy Coogan’s daughter, again at an Rockaway Artists Alliance kids event at the Dome over the bridge. She used to work at her Dad’s luncheonette. Now she has beautiful kids of her own.

If anyone knows what happened to the phone booth or old-time fountain fixtures from Coogan’s/Kroog’s, let me know.

My thanks to the neighbor who called The Wave to let me know about the line of steel sheets going up along one side of the A train tracks on the east side of the island.

I stopped for a while and watched as the “Great Wall of Broad Channel” went up and the beautiful view of our beloved Bay, JFK and the Rockaways rapidly disappeared.

You might have seen the flatbed trucks carrying stacks of 40-foot steel sheets, each destined to be pounded into the ground to form a protective storm wall, seven feet high, along the subway tracks.

My Wave colleague, Katie McFadden, has seen them being pile-driven in. She said it shook the ground under her feet again and again.

The Queens Memory Project and the “Jamaica Bay Lives” filmmakers are asking Channel people to “bring your old family photographs and home movies and tell your stories on camera to help preserve the community's history at this important time.”

The Community History Night will take place at the Broad Channel Library Wednesday, April 24th, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Contact Dan Hendrick at jamaicabaylives@gmail.com or 917- 207-8715 and register to tell your story. The event is free. To keep things organized, the registration is required.

Stop in and spend some time with the St. Virgilius Golden Age Club. They’re meeting every Thursday at the K of C, 333 Beach 90th Street in Rockaway Beach, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Cindi Ciapetta forwarded an e-mail to ask if there are any new charts for the waters around Broad Channel. Boating season is starting, she points out, and people will really need to know about any navigational changes Hurricane Sandy may have brought to Jamaica Bay.

I know Dan Mundy Sr., Don Riepe and company will be mapping sunken debris. But does anyone know about new boating maps?

Drop me an e-line and let’s get that info out there.

Finally it was great to see my friend, Al McCarthy, last week Sunday. Also to catch up with Eddie O’Hare and John McCambridge out on the sidewalk. We did not solve all of Broad Channel’s problems, but we are making headway!

There’s a lot more news in BC these days! Send what you know to me at workinsgstories@aol.com.

Thanks for reading!

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